Category Archives: Expat to Expat Advice

Moving my cats to the US

We adopted Gandalf and Kerowyn from the SPCA in Singapore. I have no experience with moving animals to Singapore, but here’s a link if you’re looking for that information. To make things fun, each state is allowed to set their … Continue reading

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“How do you and your kids enjoy life in Singapore?”

I’ve recently been emailing with a potential expat. I had a number of Singaporean expats respond to my emails, answer questions, and generally be a great resource for our move. Some of them are now irl friends (or were and … Continue reading

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US vs Singapore Public Schools—Grading

One of the things I struggle with as a foreign parent is understanding the grading system in Singapore. On one hand, I find the grading system incredibly forgiving. Everything over a 85 is an A? 70-85 is a B? 50-70 … Continue reading

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You’ve gotten your PR letter–now what?

Some quick background.  We applied for permanent residency in Singapore in December, and received our notice that we had been granted PR last week. Now what happens? If you get approved for PR, you get an in-principle approval letter that … Continue reading

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I’m happy to get my medical care in Singapore these days…

I’ve been reflecting a lot recently about medical care here versus the US. I know this building WAY too well I initially injured my back in 1995 playing tennis in high school.  I had the occasional issue with my back … Continue reading

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The divided expat community…

I’m going to start this post with a disclaimer so I can (hopefully) not get flamed in comments.  A reminder to new commenters that your first comment on EB will be held for my moderation, but once you’ve had one … Continue reading

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Expat to Expat Advice-The downside of NOT having a maid

I’ve talked before about the stresses and downsides of having a helper and all the ways it failed for me, particularly as someone who has no prior experience managing someone in that sort of situation. Our family has decided not … Continue reading

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